ClientColumbia College Chicago
TypeCultural, Educational, Office
SustainabilityCertified LEED Gold
By making typically behind-the-scenes aspects of the filmmaking process visible, the Columbia College Media Production Center is more than a building in which learning takes place: it is itself a valuable teaching and media production tool.
Featuring three large sound stages for instruction in film, video, and motion capture, as well as teaching space for lighting, set-making, directing, and animation classes, the Media Production Center is a professional-quality facility whose design encourages a new level of interdisciplinary collaboration among students and faculty.
The first new construction building in Columbia’s 118-year history, it is also a new model for sustainability in a discipline known for its high energy consumption.
The Media Production Center facade is designed to generate new visibility for the school by harnessing the materiality of light to energize the exterior of the building and provide a colorful identity in a busy urban setting.
Citation of Merit, Distinguished Building Award, Design Excellence Awards, AIA Chicago, 2010